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Static-X and Sevendust Ignite Lancaster, PA with their Electrifying Machine Killer Tour

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The Machine Killer Tour, featuring hard rock bands Static-X, Sevendust, Dope, and Lines of Loyalty, made a memorable stop at Freedom Hall in Lancaster, PA on October 15, 2023. The concert was part of a 21-city tour named after Static-X’s second studio album, Machine, which has achieved gold certification and Sevendust’s fourteenth studio album, Truth Killer.

Lines of Loyalty, the newcomers, acted as support for the “Machine Killer” tour. The band, consisting of Nubz Morrison on vocals and guitar, Redo Ianni on bass, vocals, and keys, and Brayden Pike on drums and percussion, showcased their commitment to their craft and mission.

The band’s setlist was a mix of their popular tracks, which included “Winless War,” “With Or Without You,” and “I’m Not the One”. Each song was performed with an intensity that resonated with the audience, creating an electrifying atmosphere throughout the venue.

Dope, who also participated in a 1999 tour with Sevendust and Static-X, was next in the lineup. The American metal band from New York City, consisting of founding member and lead singer Edsel Dope, guitarist Virus, bassist Acey Slade, and drummer Chris Warner, showcased their unique blend of heavy metal and industrial music.

The band is promoting their 2023 release, “Blood Money Part Zer0.” Their tight 6-song setlist was a mix of popular tracks, which included “Blood Money,” “Bitch,” “Die MF Die,” and their cover of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).” Each song was performed with an intensity that resonated with the audience, creating an electrifying atmosphere throughout the venue.

Sevendust, the Atlanta-based quintet, co-headlined the concert. The band’s latest album, “Truth Killer,” was released on July 28, 2023, and has been well-received by fans and critics alike. The band’s setlist included tracks from this album, such as “I Might Let the Devil Win,” “Fence,” and “Truth Killer”.

One of the most memorable moments of the night came during Sevendust’s set. As the band was performing, fans started chanting, “This is awesome.” The band members, led by front man Lajon Witherspoon, responded by launching into an impromptu metal rendition of the chant. The crowd went wild, and Lajon jokingly suggested they might need to record this for their next album. This spontaneous interaction between the band and the audience was a testament to the electric atmosphere and the strong connection Sevendust has with their fans.

The headlining act for this stop, Static-X’s front man, Xer0, expressed excitement about the tour, promising to bring fans an even bigger and better show than the last one and man did they deliver!

The crowd was particularly responsive to the performance of “Love Dump,” a song that has become a fan favorite over the years. Other notable performances included “Sweat of the Bud,” “Wisconsin Death Trip,” “Fix,” “Bled for Days,” “Black and White,” and new release “Z0mbie.” Each song was delivered with the energy and intensity that Static-X is known for, creating an atmosphere that was both electrifying and immersive.

The band closed their set with “Push It,” a track that encapsulates their distinctive sound and energy. The song’s powerful riffs and catchy chorus made for a fitting end to their performance, leaving the crowd wanting more

This concert was a testament to the enduring appeal of these bands, who continue to deliver high-energy performances and new music that resonates with their fans. The combination of seasoned bands like Sevendust and Static-X with newcomers like Lines of Loyalty made for a diverse and exciting concert experience.

Lines of Loyalty
Dope
Sevendust
Static-X

T. Cody Strubel is the founder of Rock Documented, a platform he established in September 2015. As the Lead Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Cody has been instrumental in shaping the site's content and visual aesthetic. His exceptional work in music photography was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, where he was voted "Best Photography" at their inaugural event. Cody's equipment of choice includes two Nikon D850s, a Nikon 22-70mm 2.8 VR, a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR, and a Black Rapid Shoulder Strap. His passion for music and photography, combined with his commitment to promoting local talent, makes him a vital voice in the Central Pennsylvania music scene.

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